On October 20th, 2011, long-time Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed while hiding in a drainage pipe in his hometown of Sirte, Libya. According to the rebels who captured him, he died begging for his life, and waving around a golden gun.
He had fled to Sirte from Libya's capital city, Tripoli, following large-scale revolts against his 42-year rule of the North African nation. The fighting eventually built to a Libyan Civil War, which included a NATO military intervention.
Naturally, as word of Gaddafi's capture and then death spread across the world, millions took to the Internet to express their elation, reservations about the incident, thoughts, prayers for Libya and political philosophies. And also to tell jokes.Collected here are the best, funniest Internet reactions to the death of Muammar Gaddafi.
Matt Bellamy Parody (@MottBollomy)
A parody Twitter account for Muse frontman Matt Bellamy got into some hot water with the Beliebers over this tweet, in which he suggests teen pop idol Justin Bieber was next on the world's hit list.
Variations of this joke, in which Saddam, Osama and Gaddafi's name appeared on an "assassination checklist" along with a fourth humorous option, were massively popular in the wake of the Gaddafi announcement. Other versions of the joke listed other loathed celebrities, fictional characters and even inside jokes like "My Ex.")
Rather than backing down after getting a wave of Twitter hate directed at him for insulting the beloved Mr. Bieber, Fake Bellamy didn't relent, and started responding to (and retweeting) his critics en masse. Sample responses below:
With Halloween right around the corner, the loss of Gaddafi is going to throw a wrench into some people's plans, without a doubt. This next Someecards submission is just for them:
Seems like it'd be fairly straight-forward to swap out a Gaddafi costume for a Zombie Gaddafi costume. You really wouldn't even have to mess around with the hair, as living Gaddafi already pretty much had the stringy, undead, J-Horror look.
Come on, use your imaginations, people.
Muammar Gaddafi's Death Leads to Mistaken Identity
An attempt at humor, or a tragic case of a misidentified photograph going viral:
OK, OK, they're probably kidding. But still, the resemblance is uncanny. And only a Gaddafi-level villain could have conceived of the Everlast team-up "Put Your Lights On":
Carlos Santana wasn't the only Gaddafi doppelganger out there causing mass confusion. Twitter user @Eliot also appears to have misidentified the corpse:
RIP Muammar Gaddafi
The highest-rated Gadaffi post on Reddit right after his death was this canny Disney reference:
Yes, it's King John the cowardly lion from Disney's "Robin Hood." Note that he and Gaddafi share the same predilection for fancy clothes, jewels and other accoutrements of royalty. Plus a tendency to suck their thumbs. You know, probably.via Reddit user Sassooooo